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  1. Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

    In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
    It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

    581 votes
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      41 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

      Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

      580 votes
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        19 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

        There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

        It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

        554 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Open links in an actual browser

          Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

          543 votes
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            14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 539 votes
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              20 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Use proper mouse wheel routing

              In the year 2011, maybe it's finally time to handle WM_MOUSEWHEEL by the window under the cursor, rather than using the backward way of handling them in the window with focus?

              538 votes
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                12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                The new project type could have the following features:

                - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                - Intellisense is…

                534 votes
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                  under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add support for SSH keys as alternate authentication method in TFS Online

                  A common way to authenticate clients in a Git setup is to use SSH keys. It would be nice to have that method on TFS Online as well.

                  532 votes
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                    19 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 510 votes
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                      We added support for Cross Browser testing with VS 2012 Update 1. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/10/30/introducing-cross-browser-testing-with-coded-ui-tests.aspx

                      For MTM scenarios, you would need to import action recordings from MTM into a Coded UI Test and change browser type to the desired one.

                      I would like to know if this satisfies the needs of folks on this thread and I can close this to release votes or if people are specifically looking for the ability to specify browser type from within MTM.

                      Prachi Bora, Visual Studio Program Manager, MSFT

                    • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

                      I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

                      Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

                      Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

                      Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

                      508 votes
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                        26 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Feature Request: Local Fields within Properties

                        A simple property in C#:
                        int MyProperty
                        {
                        get
                        {
                        return _myProperty;
                        }
                        set
                        {
                        _myProperty = value;
                        }
                        }
                        private int _myProperty = 42;

                        Now, imagine the requirement appears that the code must be documented using the /// conventions.

                        /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                        int MyProperty
                        {
                        get
                        {
                        return _myProperty;
                        }
                        set
                        {
                        _myProperty = value;
                        }
                        }
                        /// <summary>I don't want to document this but I'll get a diagnostic if I don't.</summary>
                        private int _myProperty = 42;

                        It's too bad that
                        /// <summary>MyProperty is wonderful...</summary>
                        int MyProperty
                        {
                        int _myProperty = 42;
                        get
                        {
                        return _myProperty;
                        }
                        set …

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                          7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide Better DirectX support in WPF

                          These DirectX support classes are new in WinRT / Metro. Please provide them in WPF.

                          SurfaceImageSource enables full composition of DirectX content into a XAML app. This allows drawing DirectX content into the XAML visual tree, useful for complex image effects, data visualization, and other immediate-mode drawing scenarios.

                          VirtualSurfaceImageSource is used for large-scale virtualized content. This is targeted toward apps that require panning and zooming of large content, like maps and document viewers.

                          SwapChainBackgroundPanel targets full-screen, DirectX-focused scenarios. This is great for games and other low-latency, full-screen DirectX apps with a XAML overlay.

                          493 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable HLSL, DirectX and graphics development toolset for the C# language.

                            Visual Studio only provides hlsl compilation tools for C++ projects, while C# projects which also use hlsl are left without this facility. This is a glaring inconsistency in the tools provided to each language. C# is meant to be a first-class language yet the DirectX tools which are built in to Visual Studio are not equally provided to C#, this is an unnecessary and arbitrary limitation.

                            Developing DirectX applications with C# is becoming easier and there are now more tools than ever to work with this combination of technologies, including SlimDX and SharpDX, both fully capable managed DirectX frameworks (wrappers).…

                            492 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Work item control that allows a selection of multiple values

                              Having a multi-select control that work in VS, Web access, that is easy to query and populates the reporting cube would helpfull in many scenarios.

                              The current work around (ex: http://witcustomcontrols.codeplex.com/) is far from empassing all the above requirements

                              491 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • New Work Item Control: Checkbox

                                Creating string fields with "Yes" and "No" (or "True" or "False", or "1" and "0") as allowed values, is a viable "workaround" for a Yes/No field - but still, a real checkbox control would make it even better.

                                btw: Checkboxes are a Windows control introduced from the very beginning (Windows 1 actually, I checked. ;)

                                488 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                                  VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                                  You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                                  Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                                  Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                                  Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

                                  488 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Basic Refactoring Functionality needed

                                    Right now when I want to make a section of code a method or make some simple refactoring, its not in the box. Rename is there, but its local to the page and doesn't go deep enough. The top 5-10 refactoring types should come in the box.

                                    Merged from another idea: Improve the refactoring tools like code generation, rename, etc.

                                    484 votes
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                                      14 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add date time picker control to Windows 8 Metro XAML

                                      date time picker control is a must have control for many apps. It's missing in current Windows 8 Metro XMAL.

                                      475 votes
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                                        28 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • TFS to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets.

                                        It would be very useful if TFS has the ability to merge multiple, non-continuous changesets in a single operation.
                                        This would eliminate the need to create too many branches for each development project.

                                        471 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • ...develop an empowering Process Template editor!!

                                          The current editor's user experience is a barrier to process improvement through customization of of the template itself. The idea that an out of the box process template will satisfy all customer needs (or even one of the several shipped by MSFT) will be a limiting factor on meaningful and valuable implementations of the product.

                                          459 votes
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                                            under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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